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May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Temple Beth Abraham has a congregant-led book club which meets bi-monthly to discuss books with Jewish themes.
This month’s selection: The Orphan’s Daughter by Jan Cherubin
Clyde Aronson survives the cruelties of the seemingly bucolic Depression-era Jewish orphanage but is left scarred. Brilliant and self-destructive, a popular high-school teacher and a callous womanizer, he yearns for a son to replace the relationship lost when his father abandoned him. Instead, he fathers two daughters. He resents most the one who most resembles him: the younger, Joanna.
Joanna Aronson is thirty, alienated and living in Southern California when she learns of her father’s puzzling illness. She returns home to Baltimore to help care for him. In the process, the two reconcile; Joanna struggles to come to terms with her own difficult history. Clyde promises to leave Joanna his collected papers, including a secret manuscript written long ago about life in the orphanage.
After Clyde’s death, Joanna’s stepmother inherits the house and all of his possessions. She refuses Joanna any access. Determined, Joanna breaks into the house and steals the manuscript. The stepmother presses charges. The Orphan’s Daughter is a deft melding of history and psychological drama, a literary page-turner you won’t want to put down.
Discussion is led by a synagogue member.
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